On October 29th,Â JYJÂ became the first Korean artist to hold their own concert inSpain. 3,000 fans from all over Europe made the journey toBarcelona to cheer on their beloved idols and take part in a dream coming true.
JYJ held a press conference with both the Korean and Spanish press, answering questions about their limited appearances inKoreaas well as their hopes for their European tour.
Reporters asked,Â â€œAlthough youâ€™re promoting in various parts of Asia, the Americas, and Europe, even in places where Korean singers arenâ€™t well known, it seems that we have the hardest time seeing you perform in Korea. Do you have any wishes about being able to promote without restrictions?â€
YoochunÂ replied,Â â€œTo be honest, I donâ€™t think broadcast appearances are something we should think aboutâ€¦ If I had a wish, it would be to be treated fairly. Although I know we canâ€™t do anything about the fact that weâ€™re missing from charts and suchâ€¦ From one perspective, those things are the results and repayment for our Korean fans who buy and listen to our album, so for those results to be missing â€“ itâ€™s upsetting. I wish things like our album sales and other numerical figures that represent the amount of love weâ€™re receiving from the public could be recognized.â€
The members also discussed the reasons they choseSpainandGermanyas locations for their firstEuropetour.
JunsuÂ stated,Â â€œAlthough itâ€™d be nice if we could tour all of Europe, we arenâ€™t able to do that yetâ€¦ We started receiving love calls from various European cities since last year, but we werenâ€™t sure how far our influence had reached, so rather than coming up with irrational figures, we decided to pick countries that would be easy for fans to gather atâ€¦ The best locations were Spain for Western Europe and Germany for North and Eastern Europe. If a second Europe tour is possible, weâ€™d like to perform in more countries.â€
When asked whether they had anything special planned for the concert in Spainthe next day, JaejoongÂ replied,Â â€œWeâ€™ve worked on some passionate performances and acrobatics with a famous local choreographer,Â Rafa Mendez.â€Â Jaejoong also added that they plan to show themselves as who they are, rather than putting on a different front just for theEurope venture.
He stated,Â â€œThis Barcelona concert will have about 3,000 audience members. Although itâ€™s small, we think that the majority of the audience will be of JYJ mania fans. Instead of seeing something that got reinterpreted to fit Spain or Europe, I think that they may want something more authentic and â€˜Koreanâ€™. Thatâ€™s why even though this is our first European concert, we donâ€™t feel a pressure thatâ€™s any different from the usual.â€
Junsu agreed,Â â€œThe order of performance also hasnâ€™t been changed too much from the earlier tour in the Americasâ€¦ We are coming as K-Pop and Hallyu singers, so I think that there will be a lot of fans who want to see our way of holding concerts. We didnâ€™t try to make a special change. We will try to show ourselves as we are.â€